Homemade Rose Body Butter

This luscious whipped body butter is so rich, so moisturizing – it has quickly become a favorite of mine!

It’s loaded with wrinkle fighting rosehip seed oil, skin nourishing oils and butter, and naturally tinted pale pink with a smidge of rose clay.

basket of wild roses and jar of homemade whipped rose body butter

Avocado butter is easy to whip at room temperature, so no melting is required! If you don’t have avocado butter, you could use shea butter or mango butter instead, if they’re soft enough. (Hardness of those two butters vary between vendors and even batches.)

If using shea or mango butter, you also may need to add extra oil while whipping, to ensure a light fluffy texture.

Rose Body Butter Recipe

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 7 oz (199 g) avocado butter (or a soft shea or mango butter)
  • 2 oz (57 g) rice bran, apricot kernel, or other light oil (I infused mine with rose petals – see my rose petal salve recipe for how I do that)
  • 1/2 oz (14 g) rosehip seed oil
  • 18 drops of essential oil – try geranium rose and/or rose absolute, adjust amount to your scent preference
  • 1 teaspoon tapioca starch, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon rose clay

Tapioca starch (or arrowroot powder) is added since it can help cut the oily feel that body butter tends to have. Choosing light oils that soak in quickly (rice bran, apricot kernel, fractionated coconut, grapeseed, jojoba, argan, sesame, etc) will make a huge difference too.

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How to naturally color body butter pink:

Add natural pink color to your homemade body butters by adding a small amount of rose or pink kaolin clay. Try using around 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon clay for every 6 to 8 ounces of total ingredients in your body butter recipe. Start mixing your body butter as normal, then add the clay, then mix for another minute or longer, until fully incorporated.

pink handpainted saucer with jar of pink body butter on top

Instructions to make:

  • Place the avocado (or shea or mango butter) in a mixing bowl that’s on the taller and narrow side. I like using a 4-cup pyrex measuring pitcher.
  • Butters can vary pretty widely as far as how soft or hard they are – you want a butter that’s on the softer side for this recipe.
  • Begin mixing the butter, gradually increasing speed until it’s light and fluffy.
  • Add the oils and mix them in briefly, then add the rose clay, tapioca starch (if using), and essential oils.
  • The rose clay adds a pale pink tint to the body butter. It’s fine to leave it out if you don’t have any; your body butter will just be white instead of pink.
  • For scent, you can use all rose absolute, or all geranium rose essential oil, or combine the two. Geranium gives a nice rosy scent at less cost than rose essential oils.
  • Resume mixing, starting on low then gradually increasing speed.
  • Beat until the body butter is light and fluffy. If needed, add a little more oil at a time for a softer body butter.
  • The texture of the finished body butter reminds me a bit of buttercream frosting when it’s ready. (But, don’t eat it!)
  • Spoon into containers and cap tightly.
  • This recipe makes plenty to share! It will fill 3 to 5 four-ounce jars, depending on your mixer strength and type of butter used.
  • Shelf life is at least 6 to 9 months, or as long as it smells good. Body butter deflates over time, but you can whip it back up with your mixer at any time.
  • Use wherever you have dry skin – knees, elbows, feet, hands, or smooth all over. For best results, apply at night after a bath or shower to help seal in moisture.
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  1. Hi Jan! Thank you for sharing these wonderful recipes! I am curious to know what method of cleansing you use for your skin? I have been thinking of trying the Oil Cleansing Method? Have you had any experience with this?

    1. Hi ClaireEllenSmith!

      I have super sensitive skin and rarely wear makeup, so I just rinse my face with plain water then follow up with something moisturizing (and hopefully anti-aging!) at night. My favorite, for my face, is Rose Salve (recipe is on this site.)

      I think the oil cleansing method sounds lovely though and it would be at the top of my list for testing out if my tried-and-true method stopped working for some reason!

    2. I use a mixture of half Castor Oil and half extra virgin Olive Oil, it only takes a little I massage onto my face leave for a few minutes as time allows and then run a washcloth under hot water wring it out and let the cloth steam my face until it no longer feels warm then wipe the oil off. I really have dry skin and still moisturize as well.

  2. Hi Jan, Just discovered your web site today, and I’m delighted…
    I was wondering if you might be able to help…. I couldn’t read all of your information yet, so am going to ask :)
    My dad has very sensitive skin, he gets skin sores on his elbows and knees as he works construction… On top of that he has that skin condition were you loose pigment and get “albino” spots….
    For the second there’s no cure, but he found an infused water that works a treat with sunshine. But for the skin sores there’s no cream on earth to help him….
    I want to make him something… to try and help… Would you have any recipe already posted? Or would you be so kind to help me create one?
    Thank you thousand times :)

    1. Hi Estefania! I’m not very familiar with that condition; I’m so sorry that your dad has to suffer from it! Off the top of my head, I would suggest trying out a salve or cream with tamanu oil if you haven’t already; maybe put some rosehip seed oil in it as well? Those are two of my favorites for showing visible results. I have a healing salve recipe here that is useful for all sorts of things: https://thenerdyfarmwife.com/herbal-healing-salve-recipe/ you might could use that as a base for your recipe. Best wishes to your dad – I hope he’s able to find some relief!

      1. Hi Jan, thank you so much… I will try your salves, all of three seem to have something that can help him. I already ordered the oils I was missing. I tried your Etsy shop, it’s a shame you don’t ship to UK. I would have bought directly from you so he could have something to use while I “cook” my own :)
        But thank you ever so much for your help and kindness.

        1. Hi Estefania! I did ship outside of the US at one time, but found that I never had the postage calculated right so usually ended up way undercharging and couldn’t cover my costs. I can do a custom order to UK and other areas, but I’m actually phasing out my Etsy shop over the next month or two – it’s so much more fun when it’s just a hobby! :)

          1. Hi Jan, I would love if you could make that custom order for me then, maybe two packs of samples, one for me, one for my dad…. And while he is using those, I’ll gather the ingredients to make the one you advised me…. Like that he has something to use while he’s waiting on the one I’m making…. Just let me know what to do…. How to pay you etc. :)

            1. Hi again Jan, just one other question, in one of your salves you use Golsen seal to infuse an oil, and then prepare the salve.
              I found it in root powder and tincture with drop dispenser…. Which one should I use?
              Many thanks :)

              1. Hi Estefania! You don’t want to use tinctures in salves because the water/alcohol won’t mix with the oils and will seep right out of your finished product. Root powder would work to infuse your oil – just be sure to shake it well every day if you can because powders tend to settle and compact in the bottom of the jar more than larger pieces of herb.

    1. Hi Sally, Since there is no water component, it’s pretty shelf stable. It depends on the quality and types of the oils that you start with, but it should keep well for at least 6 months & probably much longer. It will settle a bit over time, but that’s just an appearance change & it’s still fine to use.

  3. I’ve just found a new favourite website! Thank you Jan for all the lovely goodies on your page. I can’t wait for my rose petal oil to finish infusing so I can make the rose butter and salve. Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Lou! I’ve tried green clay in body butter before thinking I would get a pretty mint green, but it turned kind of an odd, dirty looking shade instead. I would just skip the clay in this recipe since it’s mostly added for the pretty pink color.

  4. I really want to make this body butter.
    When I see your finished product, it really look creamy and fluffy and would be lovely to just scoop it with my hand. But I don’t have jar for storing (I only have a bottle with pump in hand.)
    Do you think this bottle will work?

    1. Hi Dian! That’s a great question – I’m not really sure how it would work in a pump style bottle. It’s pretty thick and creamy, but you could always try it out and see! If you have a spare drinking class on hand, you could make the recipe and store it in there, just put some plastic wrap or a baggie fastened on with a rubber band on top as a seal and you’d be good to go!

  5. Hi! Thank you so much for your blog and recipes. I have a couple of questions. It says tapioca powder in the recipe but your comments say arrowroot? what is the difference in feel and which do you prefer?
    Also, I know this is unrelated to this post but I thought id keep it all in one comment, in your cp recipes it always says you add extra tablespoons of luxury carrier oils at trace. What is the rate of those PPO and are these calculated into your superfat? Do you do your recipe at 0% superfat/lye discount and then add the oils at trace or do you do a regular 6-9% superfat AND add the oils at trace? Also what rate do you use rosemary extract? I want to add hemp, evening primrose and other oils with very short shelf lives to my cp but fear DOS. and do you use rosemary oleoresin or rosemary co2 extract as I’m confused between the two.
    Sorry to bombard you with questions, I’m trying to learn as much as I can in preparedness for my cp soap making!

    1. Hi Lynnie! You can use either. Tapioca powder is really nice, but I have to order it online (from brambleberry.com), whereas arrowroot is easy to pick up in a grocery store with a gluten free section. I can’t really tell that much difference, to be honest!
      On my older soap recipes I call for adding extra oils at trace, since that’s how I learned to make soap, but I’ve fallen away from that practice and just include everything at once in the recipe. (Supposedly, people that study these things say it doesn’t make a noticeable difference in the outcome, when you add those extra oils.) I like to keep my soaps at 6% superfat since that’s what our family’s skin likes, but the extra oils would notch it up more like 7%, depending on how much I added.
      For rosemary extract, I looked and looked for usage rates as far as soap making and never could find a solid guideline. So, I just add a “splash”. (I know that’s terribly imprecise!) :) I used to add around 1/4 teaspoon (for say a 3 lb batch). It was just a guess though. I know that a little goes a long way. I use these: https://thenerdyfarmwife.com/RosemaryAntioxidant

  6. Oh okay! So you’re saying you don’t do that anymore and just include any luxury oils in the overall recipe at a small percentage? I liked the idea of it for more expensive oils like rosehip, tamanu etc but I suppose it’s the same if you just put those at say 1-3% of the recipe. I read other places that said it was the same either way so I guess ill just do that-especially if you agree! And I ordered rosemary oil extract from From Nature With Love- but I’ll try MHR next time – I love them! Thank you so much for your time! I’m ordering all my ingredients now and about to get started and your blog has been a tremendous help! I really appreciate what you do! I’m thinking about starting a little free soap-making blog just to keep track of my recipes and techniques and outcomes and picures of each- as I’m so disorganized with paper documents! They’d end up lost forever in my vast collection of soap research, haha!

  7. So glad I found you now if I can afford to get all the oils and butters and EO ,a lot of money ,I’m sixty eight and just got started ,God Bless

    1. Hi Louettahuff, I think it’s wonderful that you are getting into making your own products! I agree, all the ingredients can be expensive. It’s taken me years to build up a supply of goodies to use (and there’s some things I still can’t afford!) You can get many oils at your local super market (if it has a high turnover so they’re on the fresher side) and possibly your local health store. You can also start with a more inexpensive project like this rose salve recipe (one of my favorites!) https://thenerdyfarmwife.com/rose-petal-salve-recipe/

  8. Hi! Am new to this site it’s Awesome. Am learning alot off thing..
    My question is?
    I have Lupus and I get a lot off brown spots on my face and in the summer even worse I have tried lots off cream. Can you help me??

    1. Hi Mary Jane, I’m happy that you’re enjoying the site! I’m so sorry about your lupus and the brown spots; I have a friend who has the same and has tried a lot of things too. It’s such a complex disease; I’m afraid I’m not really sure of anything helpful to tell you. There are a few oils/things that I know of that are supposed to help lighten age spots or repair skin in some way, that you could try and see if it does the same for lupus-triggered spots: rosehip seed oil, castor oil, tamanu oil and using diluted apple cider vinegar as a toner. You could also try washing your face with raw honey. (Just rub it in, let it sit for a minute and then rinse off with warm water.) These are just a few ideas that shouldn’t interfere with any medications you’re on (though you can double check with your doctor to be sure). I wish that I had better advice for you, but I hope that you’re able to find something that helps!

    1. Hi Penny! Since body butters don’t have water or another liquid in them, you don’t have to refrigerate them and they’ll last a lot longer than creams or lotions. (Water in a product, is where the bacteria and mold grow.) Your body butter should stay fresh for at least 6 to 9 months and maybe longer, if stored out of direct sunlight and high heat. It will also depend on the quality of the oils you start with. If your oils are past their prime, the body butter might develop a rancid or old oil smell sooner. Body butters also tend to slowly deflate over time. If this happens, you can scoop it out and whip it again, to return it to its fluffy state.

  9. Hi Jan! Are body butters to be used mostly at night due to sun exposure during the day? I also have the same question in regards to body salves. By the way, I have decided to take an herbology course and it is you and your wonderful recipes and ideas that inspired me to do so. So thank you so very much for everything you do.

    1. Hi Grace! As long as you don’t use an essential oil that could make your skin more sensitive to sun (like cold-pressed citrus oils), then it’s fine to use body butters and salves at any time. The main reason I use them at night though is because they’re very rich and heavy and it takes a while for them to sink into your skin. If you use them in the evening or before bed, then they have all night to absorb. I hope you enjoy your herbology course! :)

  10. HI,I am interested in your salts. Where do you began to buy Rose petals and oils,etc.Need some help. Can you buy this gift sets from you. Maybe

    1. Hi Janet! I like MountainRoseHerbs.com for organic rose petals and oils, but also buy from places like Bramble Berry, Bulk Apothecary & Wholesale Supplies Plus. I don’t sell ready made products anymore (life got too busy to keep up with everything!) :)

  11. Jan, love your website + recipes. What is the purpose of the tapioca starch in your body butter? What does it do exactly?

    1. Hi Rhonda! Tapioca starch is sometimes used to help cut some of the greasy feel that body butters can leave behind on skin. If you don’t have any handy, you can leave it out or try a bit of arrowroot or cornstarch in its place. :)

  12. Hi! How can I obtain the tinge of pink in body butter if no rose clay is available? Can I blend rose petals in the mixture?

    1. Hi Kavitha! Do you have access to alkanet root powder? I sometimes use a tiny bit mixed or infused into oil to tint lotions, creams & body butters a natural shade of pink. Unfortunately, if you blend in rose petals, they’ll eventually turn brown in the body butter.

  13. Hi Jan,
    I LOVE your recipe for coco butter-mint body butter and am looking forward to trying this recipe. Will it still work if I melt the oils first, chill, then whip?

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